"Militarism has been a significant element of the imperialist or expansionist ideologies of several nations throughout history.
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Frederick the Great, King of Prussia 1740-86
In Frederick's Prussia, the death sentence was mandatory for sodomy.
Frederick plotted with Keith and Hans to escape from Prussia. The plot was discovered.
Frederick's father had Hans von Katte beheaded and made Frederick watch the execution.
Frederick became King of Prussia in 1740.
He collected statues of Antinous, who was Roman Emperor Hadrian's lover, and of Ganymede.
He liked pages and 'was known to caress, tickle, or pinch the ear of some favoured page'.
Frederick used to relax with his friends at the Sans Souci palace at Potsdam, which had statues of beautiful boys.
Some of Frederick's love poems, printed at Sans-Souci in 1750, are addressed to one of his favourites, Count Von Kaiserlinck (given the name Cesarion):
Frederick's valet was called Fredersdorf. Frederick addressed him as "du".
When Frederick's father was dying, Frederick wrote to his close friend Algarotti:
My dear Algarotti, my destiny has changed. I await you impatiently; don't let me languish for you.
Frederick can be seen as one of the founders of modern Germany.
Frederick wrote in his Testament Politique that:
We have too many Jews in the towns. They are needed on the Polish border because in these areas Hebrews alone perform trade.
As soon as you get away from the frontier, the Jews become a disadvantage, they form cliques, they deal in contraband and get up to all manner of rascally tricks which are detrimental to Christian burghers and merchants.
I have never persecuted anyone from this or any other sect [sic]; I think, however, it would be prudent to pay attention, so that their numbers do not increase.
Militarists need bankers.
Medal for Daniel Itzig's 70th birthday in 1793
Daniel Itzig (aka Daniel Yoffe) was a Court Jew at the court of Frederick the Great of Prussia.
During the Seven Years War Itzig assisted Frederick the Great.
Following the war Itzig was appointed Master of the Mint, and, after Frederick's death, the Prussian court banker.
Itzig was one of the very few Jews in Prussia to receive full citizenship privileges, as a "Useful Jew".
He became extraordinarily wealthy as a consequence.
Bismarck was not fond of Jews.
But, Gerson von Bleichröder was a Jew who helped finance Bismarck's wars aimed at reuniting Germany.